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Department of Psychiatry

Erin A. Zerbo, M.D.


Behavioral Health Science Building (BHSB)
183 South Orange Avenue Room F-1542

Phone: (973) 972-1661

Clinical Info

Medical Expertise

Addiction Psychiatry
General Adult Psychiatry


Hospital Affiliation

University Hospital, Newark


Insurance Participation

Insurance Participation: with Provider Number ( where applicable ) The information below is subject to change and should not be relied upon until after it is verified with the insurance company. In addition, psychiatric providers should be contacted directly for information on their participation with managed care and insurance companies.

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Erin Zerbo, MD, received her B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003, and her M.D. from New York University School of Medicine in 2007. She remained at NYU for a general psychiatry residency and a one-year addiction psychiatry fellowship, graduating in 2012. Since 2014, she has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and the Associate Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry. She currently has a large outpatient buprenorphine practice and spends half of her time on the Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service at University Hospital.

Dr. Zerbo serves as the Vice President of the New Jersey Psychiatric Association, and she has lectured and published extensively in the field of addiction. Her primary interest is the treatment of substance use disorders in underserved and disadvantaged populations. She is a co-editor of the recent book "Pocket Guide to Addiction Assessment and Treatment" (APA, 2106), and the lead editor of "Becoming Mindful: Integrating Mindfulness into Your Psychiatric Practice" (APA, 2017).



M.D., 2007, New York University, School of Medicine
B.S., 2003, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Licensure & Certification

Medical Licensure
New Jersey


American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology - Psychiatry




Relevant Publications:

Grogan K, Zerbo E. Breaking down the wall: a narrative approach to addiction. Med Humanities 2015 June 30. DOI 10.1136/medhum-2015-010697
Levounis P, Zerbo E, Aggarwal R. A middle way: Introducing a flexible year-long program to prepare for certification in addiction medicine. Acad Psychiatry 2015 June 27. DOI 10.1007/s40596-015-0378-x
Avery J, Zerbo E. Improving psychiatry residents’ attitudes towards individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders. Harv Rev Psychiatr. 2015;23(4):296-300.
Avery J, Zerbo E, Ross S. Improving psychiatrists’ attitudes towards individuals with psychotic disorders and co-occurring substance use disorders. Acad Psychiatry. 2015 May 15. PMID: 25977100
Liu J, Zerbo E, Ross S. Intensive ketamine use for multiple years: a case report. Am J Addict. 2015;24(1):7-9.
Kennedy CA, Zerbo E. HIV-related neurocognitive disorders and drugs of abuse: Mired in confound, surrounded by risk. Curr Addict Rep. 2014;1:229-236.
Zerbo E, Cohen S, Bielska W, Caligor E. Transference-focused psychotherapy in the general psychiatry residency: a useful and applicable model for residents in acute clinical settings. Psychodyn Psychiatry.
Zerbo E, Kondracke AM. Psychiatric Principles. In: Goldfrank's Toxicologic Emergencies, 10th edition. Nelson LS, Lewin NA, Howland MA, Hoffman RS, Goldfrank LR, Flomenbaum NE, eds. McGraw-Hill, New York, New York; 2015:341-355.
Zerbo E, Deringer E. To Steal or Not To Steal: That is the Question (Kleptomania). In: Behavioral Addictions Casebook. Levounis P, Ascher M, eds. American Psychiatric Publishing, Arlington, VA; 2015:113-135.
Ross S, Guss J, Zerbo E. Co-Occurring Personality Disorders and Addiction. In: Principles of Addiction Medicine, 5th edition. Ries R, Fiellin D, Miller S, Saitz R, eds. Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA; 2014:1385-1402.


Courses Taught


Mind, Brain and Behavior (MBB) is an integrated course that ranges from basic neuroscience, which includes neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, and neurotransmitter functions, to behavioral correlates of neural structure and function, clinical correlates of neural dysfunction, neurological diagnosis, and psychopathology. The faculty is drawn from the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry, with other departments participating as appropriate. The course synthesizes basic science and clinical aspects of the knowledge that we have acquired in the neurosciences and behavioral sciences and utilizes this body of knowledge to provide a better understanding of disorders of the nervous and behavioral systems. The teaching modalities emphasize active student participation. Information on key topics is provided in the form of lectures, small-group sessions which utilize case-history presentations, as well as laboratories in neuroanatomy



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